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Posted by Ted Rich on 15th Feb 2019
I couldn’t find any cool info that connected the subject of surfing to the Presidents Day holiday, but I couldn’t resist writing a little something about its history. I guess everyone knows that is was originally meant to honor George Washington, the first U.S. President. He died in 1799, and for most of the 1800s, the observance was not an official holiday. In 1879, Congress decided to make it a day off for government offices in Washington, DC, then expanded it to all federal offices in 1885.
The whole “Presidents Day” designation began in the 1960s, during the Golden Age of surfing (sorry, couldn’t help it). Congress came up with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, apparently so people could get more three-day weekends and therefore not call in sick as much. Changing the name to “Presidents Day” evidently was met with some resistance at the time; while the name didn’t officially change, the act of moving the holiday to the third Monday in February passed and went into effect by President Richard Nixon’s order in 1971.
Since we are making the cool and very patriotic Weber USA tee available for Presidents Day 2019, I thought this was an interesting fact: On February 22, 1932, Washington’s Birthday (before it became the Uniform Monday Holiday Act) was used to reinstate the Purple Heart, the highly regarded and revered military decoration originally created by none other than George Washington.
Because the date we now use to honor the life of George Washington falls between his birthday and that of Abraham Lincoln, both U.S. Presidents remain the two most recognized leaders associated with the holiday. However, Presidents Day is popularly viewed as a day to recognize the achievements of all America’s past chief executives. Enjoy your Presidents Day weekend, and thanks again for your support of Last Wave!!
In 1961, Dick Brewer opened the first Surfboards Hawaii shop in Haleiwa, Hawaii. At the time, it was the first retail surf shop on the North Shore of Oahu! Needless to say, a lot has changed since then…Born in Minnesota in 1936, Dick’s family moved to California in 1939. He started surfing in 1953 at the age of 17, [...]
Veterans Day is this Sunday, and since we’re fortunate to have a fair number of veterans as customers, it’s fitting that we honor those who have served - and are serving - in our military.In 1938, Congress declared November 11 of each year a legal holiday to “honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to [...]
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The Central California coastal town of Santa Maria has always been known for cattle ranching, farming, and barbeque tri-tip. In the 1960s, it was typical small town where teenagers danced to rock ‘n roll music and cruised Broadway on Friday and Saturday nights. But the sleepy community was transformed by the influx of aerospace engineers and their families who [...]
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As a freshman in high school, the late Rick Griffin was charging 50 cents to draw surf characters on t-shirts. Now, some 60 years later, Last Wave is stoked to offer a t-shirt featuring Griffin’s famous Murph the Surf!Rick Griffin influenced both modern surf art and the revolutionary music scene of the ‘60s. After meeting Surfer Magazine founder John [...]
Americans celebrate the 4th of July to commemorate U.S. independence from British rule in 1776. But why is it known for fireworks, barbeques and hot dogs?Some say it started with a letter written by John Adams to his wife on July 2, 1776…“The day will be most memorable in the history of America.I am apt to believe that it will [...]
During the past two weeks, the surfing world has lost two of its most influential personalities. Surfer, artist, filmmaker and publisher John Severson died on May 26, 20178 at the age of 83. Surfer and surf products innovator Jack O’Neill passed away at age 94 on June 2.Both made incredible contributions to our lifestyle.John SeversonJohn Severson was born [...]